3:16 min Director: Christopher Newman A visual narration of Wallace Stegner’s 1960 “Letter to Congress.” As public lands become threatened across the country, Stegner’s words seem as prescient as ever.
9:43 min Director: Ben Knight In 1953, Hollywood starlet and folk singer Katie Lee embarked on her first of many river trips through the Grand Canyon. From that moment, until her passing last November, her life was shaped by a duty to protect the beauty of those canyon walls, and she became a passionate activist against the damming of the Colorado River. “Katie” is a tribute film, honoring the life of a champion for places untouched by mankind.
Climbing Out of Disaster
8:31min Director: Dominic Gill, Producer: Nadia Gill In the hours after the devastating hurricanes of 2017, members of the Puerto Rican climbing community mobilized, joining forces to put their rope and outdoor skills to use. This short follows these amateur climbers as they help neighbors, clear trees and roads, and even solve “urban bouldering problems”—all amidst the disaster’s major search and rescue operations.
7:44 min Director: Tim Kemple Producer: Stevie Meier, Camp4 Collective For the intrepid surfing communities around the shores of Lake Superior, the words of local Dan Schetter say it all: “It’s dangerous. It’s not like some clean, perfect ocean wave you stand up and come out of. There’s ice chunks falling on my head…. It’s a race … to get to the wave before the ice fills in.”
5:16 min Director: Director: Jordan Halland, Producers: Jordan Halland, Alan Gordon, Luke Webster Filmmaker Jordan Halland and his team hike deep into Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier to capture ice climbing in a new light. Filmed entirely at night in sub-arctic temperatures, “Brighter Night” is the result of an idea filmmaker Jordan Halland hasn’t been able to shake since his first shot on a glacier almost a decade ago. He knew one day he would be back to use the natural qualities of the ice to his cinematic advantage.
24:00 min Director: Cameron Maier, Producer: Matthew Hulet Since a 100–foot fall that took his right leg and left him with spinal injuries in 2002, Colorado climber Craig DeMartino has been undeterred in his adventure pursuits, bagging lauded First Disabled and In-A-Day Ascents on El Capitan. But—it is his day-to-day life that should be making the headlines.
19:25 min Director: Joey Schusler, Aidan Haley, Ben Page. Producer: Joey Schusler, Mandil Pradhan Kids and bikes—wherever you are in the world, they go together. The streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. From learning to ride on a self-constructed clunker, to becoming a four-time Nepalese national champion by age 21, RJ’s story is one of childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.
6:30 min Director: Tahria Sheather, Producer: Lindsey Hagen Artistic inspiration is often drawn from nature, and in Jessica Kilroy’s experience, the natural sounds of Indian Creek, UT provides the perfect recording studio- from the chorus of coyotes, to the strumming of yucca. “Creek Sessions” is an audial homage to one of the many wild areas currently under threat by natural resource extraction.
Colors of Change
21:27 min Director/Producer: Jenny Nichols This film illustrates the intersection of art, culture and science in a region defined by climate change. It follows artist Zaria Forman as she returns to her homeland of Greenland, seeking the wisdom of NASA scientists, an Inuit elder, and her late mother.
54:40 min Director: Jim Aikman Conrad Anker is one of the greatest and most notorious professional mountain climbers in history. But at 54, his career in the big mountains is winding down, especially after suffering a heart attack on a climb high in the Himalayas in 2016. His friend Alex Wildman is a novice big-wall climber and cardiac nurse who recently recovered from stage 4 lymphoma and intense chemotherapy. With new perspectives on life, both are eager to return to the mountains. Together, they team up to support each other on returning to a longtime favorite: El Capitan. On its iconic granite walls, they both seek to put their traumatic brushes with mortality in the past.